Jacob Report #1.3 – Ben-Israel: The Wicked Prince

Introducing Ben Israel, the Wicked Prince

I am convinced the verses below refer to the anti-Christ. Assuming I am correct, (there will be much more to say about this scripture portion, later) there are important details regarding the man we can now refer to as Ben Israel.  For the present time this scripture portion is included only because they pertain directly to the present subject as to proof of the Jewish origins of the son of perdition.  The anti-Christ is here called, “the wicked one, the prince of Israel.”

25 ‘And you, O slain, wicked one, the prince of Israel, whose day has come, in the time of the punishment of the end,’ 26 thus says the Lord God, ‘Remove the turban, and take off the crown; this will be no more the same. Exalt that which is low, and abase that which is high. 27 ‘A ruin, a ruin, a ruin, I shall make it. This also will be no more, until He comes whose right it is; and I shall give it to Him.’ Ezek. 21:25-27 (NASB)

One of the most interesting studies is of the various titles used for the anti-Christ and for information these titles divulge about the character and “ministry” of the anti-Christ.  There is much to be learned from the above verses, but for the present time they are included only because they pertain directly to the present subject.  The anti-Christ is here called, “the wicked one, the prince of Israel.”

Clearly, the verse is prophetic in its intension.  Clearly, as stated, it refers to a wicked prince whose time is the “end time punishment.”

It is also interesting that the title of “prince” is used, the same as in the following familiar verse.

26 “Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off and have nothing, and the people of the prince who is to come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. Dan 9:26 (NASB)

In the preceding verse, prediction is made of a future destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem by “the prince” or, as others believes, under the direction of the troops of the prince. The issue to be discussed later is which Temple destruction is predicted; the Second or the Third.  This subject is to be addressed on another occasion.

 

The God of his fathers

37 “And he will show no regard for the God (Eloheh) of his fathers . . . nor will he show regard for any other god; for he will magnify himself above them all. Dan. 11:37 (NASB)

Again we have a verse that is almost universally accepted by Bible prophecy students as referring to the anti-Christ.  The reason the verse is included in this current subject of the Jewish/Israeli origins of the anti-Christ is the phrase, “he will show no regard for the God (Eloheh) of his fathers.”

I am aware there is some confusion in the English translation of this verse.  Some versions have translated this as “the gods” of his fathers.  However, this verse is in Hebrew, not Aramaic, and there is no doubt as to the clear meaning of the phrase, which can only be translated honestly as “he will show no regard for the God of his fathers.”  The Hebrew word here used is, “Eloheh” and the complete phrase only means, “The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.”

The significance of this is; if Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are his fathers, the case is settled.  He is Jewish. The ambiguity only exists because of the difficulty in translating the Hebrew word for God. “Eloheh” innately contains the suggestion of plurality. This has always been a struggle for the Rabbis who maintain the Christian belief in the Trinity is a belief in multiple gods and thus, not monotheism (one God) but polytheism (multiple gods.) Acknowledging the translation dilemma, in this case, and in this case only, the English translators have sought to translate the phrase as gods, plural, as opposed to the typical translation of this phrase in Scripture, which would read as “the God of his fathers.”

 

King of Tyre; Death of the uncircumcised

2 “Son of man, say to the leader of Tyre, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Because your heart is lifted up And you have said,’ I am a god, I sit in the seat of gods, In the heart of the seas ‘; Yet you are a man and not God, Although you make your heart like the heart of God– 3 Behold, you are wiser than Daniel; There is no secret that is a match for you. 4 “By your wisdom and understanding You have acquired riches for yourself, And have acquired gold and silver for your treasuries. 5 “By your great wisdom, by your trade You have increased your riches, And your heart is lifted up because of your riches– 6 Therefore, thus says the Lord God, ‘Because you have made your heart Like the heart of God, 7 Therefore, behold, I will bring strangers upon you, The most ruthless of the nations. And they will draw their swords Against the beauty of your wisdom And defile your splendor. 8 ‘They will bring you down to the pit, And you will die the death of those who are slain In the heart of the seas. 9 ‘Will you still say, “I am a god,” In the presence of your slayer, Although you are a man and not God, In the hands of those who wound you? 10 ‘You will die the death of the uncircumcised By the hand of strangers, For I have spoken!’ declares the Lord God! “’” Ezek. 28:2-10 (NASB)

A more comprehensive study of the various titles and names used for the anti-Christ is in order, but is not part of the present study, or the question now being considered. The current question is the Jewish, even Israeli, origins of the anti-Christ.

I am not the only one convinced the above passage is only a prophecy under the heading of the Prince of Tyre giving great detail concerning the prince, a.k.a. anti-Christ.  I’m not going into massive proofs the above refers to the anti-Christ.  That’s another task, for another place.

I will have more to say regarding the connection of this evil personage to Tyre in another chapter. Assuming for the present the above does refer to the man of sin, the relevant portion to the present subject is vs. 10, ‘You will die the death of the uncircumcised.”  The inclusion of such a phrase here is clearly to contrast his death with the one he should have had, which is a death of the circumcised, a death denied him which apparently, were it not for the magnitude of his crimes, he would be entitled to!  The circumcised is here identification, once again, of a Jewish connection.

As to the reason the title of “prince of Tyre” is here used, I believe he is given this title much as ancient kings assumed the title of lands they had conquered.  I am convinced the wicked Israeli prince, the anti-Christ, will earn the title by conquering the land now known as Lebanon.

 

Ben Israel’s Scars are Identification

Zech. 11:17 “Woe to the worthless shepherd Who leaves the flock! A sword will be on his arm And on his right eye! His arm will be totally withered, And his right eye will be blind.”

I am including this verse here, which I’m likewise convinced has something to say on the present subject.  This verse in Zech. 11:17 has often been overlooked as what it is; a prediction regarding the anti-Christ.  The verse needs to be read in context with John 10:11-13.

11 “I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. 12 “He who is a hireling, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, beholds the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep, and flees, and the wolf snatches them, and scatters them. 13 “He flees because he is a hireling, and is not concerned about the sheep. John 10:11-13 (NASB)

I maintain this is an important verse regarding this momentarily future “man of sin.”  It is important because it gives details of the physical appearance of the anti-Christ.  Apparently, the wound suffered by the Beast is with a sword.  A number of verses refer to this, including verses already cited above.  As a consequence of his “brush with death” the anti-Christ does not come out physically unscathed!  This is very important!  He does not arise, good as new!  At his “resurrection” from the dead, he is marked by two peculiar physical traits that will follow him until he is finally cast alive, into the lake of fire.  “A sword will be on his arm And on his right eye! His arm will be totally withered, And his right eye will be blind.”  That is real specific information!  It could help to identify him at some time in the future.

The verse in Zech. 11:17 is now included as it relates to the present subject.  Once again as in Ezek. 21:26 it is clear the anti-Christ assumes the role of High Priest, the spiritual head of Israel, attempting to unite the two offices of king and high priest of Israel in himself. Does this make sense if he is anything other than Jewish/Israeli?

 

A Deal with the Majority of Israel

Dan. 9:27 “And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate.”

Here I have included another one of the undisputed references to the anti-Christ. The reason it is cited under the present topic is as follows;

The world has shown its predilection to putting pressure on Israel to “give up land for peace.”  Past and current Prime Ministers of Israel have negotiated with the “Land for Peace” formula at the core.  The fact is, Israeli law does not allow either the Prime Minister, or the Knesset to unilaterally make a deal giving away land for any reason, including peace!  Israeli law provides that, if Land is to be given away, there must be a popular vote of the Israeli public, a plebiscite, and if the majority agrees, a deal can be made.

I believe the above verse anticipates just such a spirited campaign (and it would be spirited.)  Eventually, the Israeli leader who arises to push this campaign, going throughout the nation campaigning for his interim or seven year trial “Peace” deal, will be successful, making a firm covenant with the majority of the Israeli public, BUT he will break the deal, just as politicians have done for thousands of years.

Clearly, only an Israeli leader could make a deal with the majority (of the Israeli public.)

 

Lessons from types of the anti-Christ

At another occasion,  I propose to suggest a number of Scriptural individuals who, I will maintain, are types of the coming man of sin.  Here, I make a particular point about a significant number to be included on our list of those who are a type of the anti-Christ.  This would include Abimelech, Absalom, Saul, Solomon, Jeroboam, Ahab, and Uzziah. What is the reason for bringing this up now? Take note that every one of these “types” of the anti-Christ were kings of Israel (or of Judah once they were separated)!

There is a limit as to how far we go to draw our parallels.  In the case of the anti-Christ, we are talking about something or someone who has not yet been “revealed.” Therefore, we cannot and should not be dogmatic  as to how far we take the type in drawing conclusions about this yet future personage, BUT I believe it is no coincidence that so many of the individuals who are clearly identifiable as types of the coming man of sin, were kings of Israel. I, therefore, maintain it is no stretch to identify him as “Ben Israel.”

 

Conclusion

For me, the Scriptures are quite clear regarding the origins of the anti-Christ and where he is to appear.

Ben Israel will appear on the scene in Israel, probably as a political leader initially, then as a military leader.  After fulfilling the various conditions which Rabbinic tradition declares for the Messiah, subjugation of Israel’s historic enemies including the Palestinians, acquisition and incorporation of the promised Land, campaigning for and receiving permission for the building of the Temple (T3) he will state his claims as candidate for office of the Messiah and will be recognized as such by a significant portion of Israeli religious establishment, only to turn on the people and nation in a truly great betrayal.  This betrayal will entail an effort to permanently remove the territory of Judah, the tribal lands of King David, as well as Jerusalem, the city of David, from the Land and People of Israel, thereby negating the “covenant of David” by casting off Judah and Jerusalem forever in a “deal for peace” which Ben Israel, as the nation’s leader, will engineer. Much more about his deal for Peace in reports to come.

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